Searching for a job is not easy. When we moved back to the states in July I gave myself 4 days to get organized and then dove head first into job applications. I had started the search while abroad, but orchestrating the move took most of my time and energy. By September I was getting frustrated and a bit down on myself but I also enjoyed the flexibility of time and the ability to take on different projects. I worked on my blog, created a small business, Your Simple Home and volunteered my time at a local elementary school and programming on the college campus where we live. But as they say, when it rains, it pours, and soon I found myself with two part time jobs. I was elated to start working and thoroughly enjoyed both workplaces. However, I found that my mind couldn't stop working. I tried to create a schedule between the two jobs and to focus on each one individually, but it was difficult! To feel on top of things at both places I would check email at home and even work on projects. My blog fell by the way side, as did my business and had no time to volunteer. I was overwhelmed, stressed and felt like I was constantly running a marathon. Luckily, I will be starting full time with one of the jobs this Monday and this should help me clear some of my mental clutter and my hectic schedule. While going full time will increase my projects and responsibilities at work, I will have one office to go to, one supervisor and one set of staff with which to work. I will be able to have a more steady schedule and focus more and relax more while at work and not be as worried about forgetting or missing a critical detail.
While I have focused a lot on minimizing my things, I now will be able to turn to simplifying my schedule and my mind. I am hoping that I can move forward with my blog, and pick up a few new clients with Your Simple Home as well as get re-involved with volunteering in the community. But, moving forward, I will choose more carefully which extracurriculars to take on and make sure I leave time for family, friends and myself. My goal is to feel calm, serene and simplified from within.